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gord downie died

bummer, he was truly canadian.....rip
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We lost one of the best, that is for sure.

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bummer, he was truly canadian.....rip
Gord was one unique special person...rip
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Violins and Tambourines
And this is what we think they mean
Its hard to say its sad but true
I'm kind of dumb and so are you

RIP Gordie
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We lost one of the best, that is for sure.

First I have heard of him .

Good story and a great tune
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First I have heard of him .

Good story and a great tune
Dude you need to get Tragically Hip
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Saw Tragically Hip at Expo 86 probably the best most memorable live performance. Remember that we were glad to be not closer to the stage as Gord was swinging his hair around and the sweat was flying about 10 feet into the audience.
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Saw Tragically Hip at Expo 86 probably the best most memorable live performance. Remember that we were glad to be not closer to the stage as Gord was swinging his hair around and the sweat was flying about 10 feet into the audience.
yes i think first bbq we will crank all the hip tunes, be nice to see yas this winter, hope all was well with yous, lots of fires out in your hood, here we still have mosquitos around
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Sorry to hear this!

A friend from NZ introduced me to some group called Tragically Hip back in the mid/late 90s, at some point, so I was a little late to that party, but an instance of better late than never.

As I told a close college buddy of mine the other day after Tom Petty died, unfortunately for those of us of a certain age, this is just going to keep happening at an increased rate, given the timeline and ages of those in question...
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Sorry to hear this!

A friend from NZ introduced me to some group called Tragically Hip back in the mid/late 90s, at some point, so I was a little late to that party, but an instance of better late than never.

As I told a close college buddy of mine the other day after Tom Petty died, unfortunately for those of us of a certain age, this is just going to keep happening at an increased rate, given the timeline and ages of those in question...

yes....Gord had brain cancer and was only 53, though....even more tragic when they are so young.

Steve-the reason I posted Wheat Kings is that I live in the city the song is about (Paris of the Prairies = Saskatoon). It's my favourite. Maybe you will have heard these songs?





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yes....Gord had brain cancer and was only 53, though....even more tragic when they are so young.

Steve-the reason I posted Wheat Kings is that I live in the city the song is about (Paris of the Prairies = Saskatoon). It's my favourite. Maybe you will have heard these songs?





Must be something special about Saskatoon....love the Guess Who song running back to Saskatoon
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Gord was known for going into long winded rants that were sometimes stories in the middle of songs when the Hip played live. Last night a local radio station played six of the best rants, well live recordings of the whole song including the rant, for their nightly "six at six" feature including the epic "killer whale" version of New Orleans is Sinking. It features a long weird story about an aquarium worker caught in a bizarre love triangle with killer whales named Shamu and Bartholomew. Gord was really a rock and roll original.
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I saw The Tragically Hip live 9 or 10 times. Gord Downie is best front man for a band I ever saw. If you ever saw the epic antics as well as the rants in the middle of a song on stage, you would have a hard time believing what a quiet, soft spoken, and intelligent man he was. He was a poet.
They never really caught traction in the U.S. but that was ok with Canadians. They were kind of our little secret and part of the fabric of Canada. How many bands would be so part of a nation that the national television network would drop their broadcast of the Olympic Games to show a commercial free live broadcast of what would be their final concert. A concert watched by 1 in 3 Canadians.
You would be hard pressed to go to a hockey arena, party, or a campfire and not hear some Hip......I don't think that will change anytime soon.
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Gord was known for going into long winded rants that were sometimes stories in the middle of songs when the Hip played live. Last night a local radio station played six of the best rants, well live recordings of the whole song including the rant, for their nightly "six at six" feature including the epic "killer whale" version of New Orleans is Sinking. It features a long weird story about an aquarium worker caught in a bizarre love triangle with killer whales named Shamu and Bartholomew. Gord was really a rock and roll original.
Nice article from the land of Tragically who are they ! Most of Canada will know what I'm talking about. A writer from the New York Times goes on to say if you took Bruce Springsteen,Bob Dylan & some guy I've never heard of. You would be getting close to Gord Downie
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Nice article from the land of Tragically who are they ! Most of Canada will know what I'm talking about. A writer from the New York Times goes on to say if you took Bruce Springsteen,Bob Dylan & some guy I've never heard of. You would be getting close to Gord Downie
The guy the NY Times writer referenced was Michael Stipe, lead singer of REM.

"The place of honor that Mr. Downie occupies in Canada’s national imagination has no parallel in the United States. Imagine Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Michael Stipe combined into one sensitive, oblique poet-philosopher, and you’re getting close. The Tragically Hip’s music “helped us understand each other, while capturing the complexity and vastness of the place we call home,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement on Wednesday. “Our identity and culture are richer because of his music, which was always raw and honest — like Gord himself.”
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